These are the most innovative universities in Asia
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These are the most innovative universities in Asia

UNIVERSITIES in Japan, South Korea and China have been recognised as the leaders in Asia when it comes to pushing the envelope on innovation.

Reuters’ Asia’s Most Innovative Universities 2018 ranking recognised institutions that are “doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries”.

The annual ranking was compiled in partnership with data company Clarivate analytics using empirical data, such as patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science.

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Universities who topped the list had the highest number of patents filed, citations in patents, and publication of journal articles among other factors.

Based on these indicators, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the University of Tokyo and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) topped this year’s ranking. KAIST is number one for the third year running.


The campus of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. Source: YouTube

Country-wise, South Korea dominated the list with 20 institutions, followed by Japan (19 institutions) and China (27 institutions, including three universities from Hong Kong).

Here are the top 20 universities in the ranking:

Rank Institution Country
1 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
2 University of Tokyo Japan
3 Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
4 Seoul National University South Korea
5 Tsinghua University China
6 Osaka University Japan
7 Kyoto University Japan
8 Sungkyunkwan University South Korea
9 Tohoku University Japan
10 National University of Singapore Singapore
11 Hanyang University South Korea
12 Peking University China
13 Yonsei University South Korea
14 Kyushu University Japan
15 Korea University South Korea
16 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
17 Fudan University China
18 Keio University Japan
19 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
20 Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology South Korea

At KAIST, its high volume of influential inventions puts it in this year’s podium position once more. Here, more patents are submitted and frequently cited by external researchers than any other university in the ranking.

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Recent research highlights at the top South Korean university include the development of a platinum-based fuel cell; an innovation that could help power electric vehicles more efficiently while reducing pollution when driven.

Southeast Asia’s highest-ranked institution the National University of Singapore (10th), has developed a self-sustaining bio-digester which can break down organic matter and convert it to heat and energy, which can be stored in batteries that power mobile phones and tablets in a student cafeteria.

It has also collaborated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to develop technologies in preparation for a cashless Singapore.

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister website Study International News.